Cy­cle­way has huge sup­port for hear­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Hear­ing dates for a con­tro­ver­sial Auck­land Har­bour Bridge walk­way and cy­cle­way are set.

SkyPath hear­ings chair­woman Karyn Sin­clair and three other com­mis­sion­ers will con­duct public hear­ings from June 2 to 8.

The in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion­ers will wade through more than 11,000 sub­mis­sions to the re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion, in­clud­ing hun­dreds op­posed. North­cote Pt and St Mary’s Bay res­i­dents near SkyPath’s north­ern and south­ern land­ings have con­tested plans.

Mean­while, SkyPath pro­mot­ers Gen­er­a­tion Zero mo­bilised more than 10,000 sup­port­ing sub­mis­sions.

Un­der a sec­tion of the Re­source Man­age­ment Act, Sin­clair has re­quested like-minded sub­mit­ters to com­bine in-per­son pre­sen­ta­tions to com­mis­sion­ers.

Each sub­mit­ter will get about 15 min­utes but time may be ex­tended if ex­pert tes­ti­mony is in­cluded.

Ev­i­dence to be sub­mit­ted will be avail­able on Auck­land Coun­cil’s web­site be­fore the hear­ing.

Dur­ing the hear­ings, the com­mis­sion­ers will visit af­fected sites, but won’t en­gage with sub­mit­ters dur­ing those vis­its.

The hear­ings will be split be­tween Auck­land Town Hall: June 2 and 3, and Taka­puna Ser­vice Cen­tre: June 4 to 8. Those want­ing to ap­pear at the hear­ings must re­turn com­pleted forms by May 11.

At­ten­dees will be ad­vised their ap­prox­i­mate speak­ing time and place.

Skypath head Be­van Wood­ward at North­cote Pt.

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